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Archbishop Philip Anyolo; the New Archbishop of Nairobi

Post by : Robert Kamau

New Archdiocese of Nairobi Bishop

From a humble village in Eldoret Uasin Gishu county, hails a prominent man of God who residents talks of a humble, dedicated but tough man of God. He is one of the few people man of God who prides giving back to the community through his leadership skills and community sustainable development agendas through provisions of services such as education and health. He is the founder of Phillip Anyolo Secondary School which is a prominent school in the Western region.

New Archdiocese of Nairobi Bishop
Archbishop Phillip Anyolo Photo/ Courtesy

Tomorrow marks a big day in his shepherd-ship journey and service to human kind which is service to God. In a mass which will be presided by The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Bert Van Mergen, Archbishop Phillip Anyolo will be installed as the 4th Archbishop of the famous Archdiocese of Nairobi. He will take over from Cardinal John Njue who retired on January.

Archbishop Phillip installation comes  at a time when the country is going for an election year 2022. it is a time like this that the voice of the church gets critical and vocal when the electorates gets to exercise their political and constitutional rights through voting. In the recent past we have seen church standing on its grounds by becoming the voice of the people and challenging politicians to deliver their manifestos and shun their greedy behaviours as well as fight corruption which is rampant.

He takes over from his predecessors; John Cardinal Njue,  Archbishop Ndingi Mwana nzeki and Cardinal Maurice Otunga. Archbishop Philip was ordained a priest year 1983 at Catholic Diocese of Eldoret. He was ordained as a bishop of Catholic Diocese of Kericho in 1995. In March 2003 he was appointed Bishop of Homa Bay. After retirement of Archbishop Emeritus Zaccheus Okoth, Archbishop Phillip Anyollo rose the rank of the archbishop in the catholic hierarchy. Other archbishops in Kenya include Archbishop  Anthony Muheria of Nyeri and Archbishop Martin Kivuva of Mombasa.

The installation ceremony will be held at the St Mary’s Msongari grounds among the guest invited is His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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